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Published on : Feb 09, 2015

Jordan’s air force chief has stated that Jordan has conducted 56 bombing strikes against Islamic State militants in Northeastern Syria. Keeping up with its vow to avenge the killers of its pilot, the strikes held by jet fighter planes targeted arms depots and key bases of the Islamic State militants. 

It looks quite certain that the decision made by Jordon to step up against the extremist group was largely driven by the brutal killing of the pilot held hostage by the Islamic State along with two Japanese journalists. A day after the second Japanese journalist was beheaded by the extremist group.

Jordan was still ready to carry on the deal-plans of swapping an IS prisoner held by the country in return for the pilot. The Islamic State did not agree for the deal and carried on its series of heinous murders of hostages. 

The strikes that started on Thursday continued till Saturday and were successful in destroying arms depots, logistic centers, and hideouts of the IS fighters, stated the head of the Jordanian airforce, General Mansour al-Jbour. No new airstrike plans for Sunday were revealed.

In the strikes, Jordan was supported through intelligence and surveillance by U.S. aircraft in the mission. The raids, it’s been said, were able to destroy nearly 20 percent capabilities of the militants. 

Jbour stated that the main aims of the strikes will continue to remain trying to hit the leader of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, in an attempt to stop the illicit trade of oil started by the group and to destroy their training bases, command centers and garrisons. The general added that Jordan is determined to wipe out the militant group from the face of the Earth.